Category: Food Borne Illness


Kitchen Cutting Boards Harbor Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

A new study published in the Journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found that kitchen cutting boards can become contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria from raw meat. Researchers at the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland looked at 154 cutting boards before they were washed from the hospital and 44 from private homes after they were used to prepare pork, beef, veal, lamb, game, or fish. In addition, kitchen gloves worn during meat preparation were tested.

Cutting BoardThe scientists discovered that 6.5% of the hospital cutting boards and 3.5% of the household cutting boards used to prepare poultry tested positive for “multidrug-resistant E. coli bacteria.” None of the boards used for meat other than poultry dated positive. Fifty percent of the gloves were contaminated with multidrug-resistant E. coli.

 

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Updated Food Recall Warning – Pusateri’s Fine Foods brand Organic Whole Black Peppercorns recalled due to Salmonella

Updated Food Recall Warning – Pusateri’s Fine Foods brand Organic Whole Black Peppercorns recalled due to Salmonella

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Ottawa, April 12, 2014 – The food recall warning issued on April 5, 2014 has been updated to include an additional product.Organic Connections Ltd. is recalling Pusateri’s Fine Foods brand Organic Whole Black Peppercorns from the marketplace due to possible Salmonellacontamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Pusateri’s Fine Foods Organic Whole Black Peppercorns 245 g Lot # 040203-002 6 28240 51655 8
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California Warns Consumers Not to Eat Anchovies, Sardines, Crab

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat commercially or recreationally caught anchovies or sardines or the internal organs of crab from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Dangerous levels of domoic acid have been found in some of these species and could be found in other species.

AnchoviesDomoic acid is produced by phytoplankton, a type of algae, and accumulates in shellfish, sardines and anchovies. It is a biotoxin that affects the brain. Several people have died over the years and may others have become permanently disabled with brain damage after eating domoic acid contaminated seafood. The first reported outbreak of domoic acid poisoning was in 1987 at Prince Edward Island, Canada. Three people died and more than 100 were sickened in that outbreak after eating contaminated seafood.

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State issues warning over toxic seafood

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Sardines are among the species of fish health officials are warnign could be tainted with domoic acid. (Photo: San Francisco Chronicle)

 

State officials are advising consumers to stay away from certain types of seafood caught in the waters off Monterey and Santa Cruz counties after a toxic chemical was detected in some of the fish.

The California Department of Public Health issued the warning Thursday, telling the public to avoid sardines, anchovies and the internal organs of crabs because some samples from the region tested positive for domoic acid.

Domoic acid typically resides in the digestive tracts of the fish.

Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning usually set in between 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating tainted seafood and can include nausea, headaches, dizziness, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Severe cases can cause trouble breathing, loss of short-term memory, coma or death.

 

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Food Poisoning Bulletin

British Airways Warning Passengers of Possible Listeria Exposure

Flying Food Group, an airline catering company, is warning passengers who ate an appetizer meal served on British Airways flights that they may have been exposed to Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The meals were served on British Airways flights 0204, 0206, and 208 on March 19, 2014. The 41 appetizer meals were prepared at the corporation’s facility in Miami.

FPBAirplanecabinListeriosis, the illness caused by the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, takes up to 70 days to manifest. Anyone who ate the Char Grilled Asparagus and Grapefruit Appetizer meal served on those flights on that date should monitor themselves for the symptoms of listeriosis food poisoning for the next 70 days

 

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Food Poisoning Bulletin

Oklahoma E. Coli Outbreak Investigated

Dr. Lauri Smithee, Acute Disease Service Director of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, spoke to Food Poisoning Bulletin and confirmed that an E. coli outbreak is associated with the Oklahoma Youth Expo held at the Oklahoma state fairgrounds in March 2014. Twelve people are sick, in various stages of confirmation. Four people have been confirmed ill with E. coli infections through lab tests.

Cow State Fair

Two children are sick with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and are hospitalized. One is two years old; the other is eight.

The investigation is still broad. Initial cases were reported following a livestock show, but more recent patients said they have had animal contact, but not at that particular show. Right now investigators are concentrating on case control studies and PFGE matches to see if contact with livestock was the cause of the illnesses, or if food or something else made people sick.

 

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OK State Dept. Of Health Investigates E. coli Outbreak

Posted: Apr 03, 2014 5:55 PM CST Updated: Apr 03, 2014 5:55 PM CST

By Michael Konopasek, News 9 – bio | email
One of the patients, Connor Sneary, is fighting hard at OU Children's Hospital, according to family friends.
One of the patients, Connor Sneary, is fighting hard at OU Children’s Hospital, according to family friends.

OKLAHOMA CITY –

State health officials in Oklahoma are investigating a spike in a deadly strain of E. coli. At least a dozen people, who have attended agricultural events around the state, were hospitalized as of late Thursday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Health professionals say they are still in the early stages of their investigation. As of late Thursday, officials had not located a source. One of the patients, Connor Sneary, is fighting hard at OU Children’s Hospital, according to family friends.

“He’s still in ICU in critical condition,” said friend Tina Baker who has been in contact with Connor’s mother.

Connor has a form of E. coli that the family believes may have been contracted at an agricultural event at the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds. Investigators say that is a possibility.

“It does appear to be clustered in groups of people that have attended various agricultural events,” said state health official Lauri Smithee, Ph.D.

 

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Rice Porridge Recall: Product May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

CP  |  By The Canadian Press Posted: 04/04/2014 5:23 am EDT  |  Updated: 04/04/2014 6:59 am EDT

rice porridge recall


OTTAWA – A Korean-made rice product is being recalled because of concerns it may allow the growth of a bacteria that causes botulism

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Rice Porridge with Abalone from Korea Food Trading Ltd. is sold in Ontario and New Brunswick but may also have been distributed in other provinces.

The product is sold in a round 288-gram container featuring Korean characters with a code reading 2015-01-24.

 

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The Ottawa County Department of Public Health is investigating a gastrointestinal illness outbreak associated with the Wild Chef Japanese Steakhouse Grill and Bar in Holland Township, Michigan, according to WWMT.com. The restaurant closed voluntarily on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 after a number of customers reported becoming ill.

Hibachi

More than 100 cases are associated with the restaurant. Public health officials are investigating, and waiting for lab results to pinpoint what is causing the illness and if a particular food is responsible. Symptoms reported included nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, and fever.

 

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Helados La Tapatia, Inc. is recalling ice cream, popsicles, fruit bars and cups, adn bolis because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days after exposure to make someone sick.

The products include Fruit Bars, Milk Bars, Bolis, Ice Cream Containers, Ice Cream Cups, Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Frutero. The recalled products were sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington, Guam, and Canada in retail stores. The products are sold under the brand names of Helados La Tapatia and Icesations.

 

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In Canada, Aquafuchsia Foods is recalling alfalfa sprouts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The sprouts were sold in Quebec. No illnesses associated with the consumption of this product have been reported to date.

 

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Food Recall Warning – Aquafuchsia brand alfalfa sprout product recalled due to Salmonella

NEWSCANADA-PLUS                                HEALTH-SAFETY  NEWS  –  health  safety  ---    Food Recall Warning - Aquafuchsia brand alfalfa sprout product recalled due to Salmonella

Recall details

Ottawa, February 25, 2014 – Aquafuchsia Foods Inc. is recalling Aquafuchsia brand alfalfa sprout product from the marketplace due to possibleSalmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

The following product has been sold in Quebec.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Aquafuchsia Salad Plus – Alfalfa with a touch of radish! 125 g 041 0 551176 1

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.

 

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Roos Foods of Kenton, DE is expanding its recall of cheeses that may be contaminated with the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The recall now includes all lots of Amigo and Mexicana brands of Requesón part-skim ricotta in 15 oz. and 16 oz. plastic containers and all lots of Amigo, Mexicana and Santa Rosa De Lima brands of Queso de Huerta (fresh curd cheese).

Roos cheese recalled after it is linked to deadly Listeria outbreak.

In addition to the cheeses listed above, all lots of the following cheese are being recalled: Cuajada En Terron, Cuajada/Cuajadita Cacera, Cuajada Fresca, Queso Fresca Round and Queso Dura Viejo Hard Cheeses sold under the brand names Amigo, Mexicana, Santa Rosa De Lima, and Queso Fresco sold under the Anita brand name. The recalled cheeses were packaged in flexible plastic bags and rigid plastic clam shell packages in 12 oz. and 16 oz. sizes.

 

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